Monday, 11 January 2016

My '60 seconds' tribute - David Bowie - a music Hero but not Just for a day - Forever !!!

This morning we woke just in time to hear the sad news that David Bowie had died. I was really taken aback by how much this news affected me. I grew up with his music as did many other people and I was privileged to have seen him in concert at the N.E.C back in 2003, where he waved to me from the stage - then he laughed when I realised he really was waving at me -  No he really was waving at ME!, everyone else around me was sitting down!!! - 
Anyway I could have stayed at home bursting into tears every five minutes or so - that is what I felt as though I wanted to do, but I had a WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) network meeting to attend and I decided it would do me good to get out instead of moping about the house!
So I selected one of our Bowie CD's and drove the 11 miles to the network meeting immersing myself in Bowie music.
I arrived 5 minutes earlier than usual, so I sat in the car park listening to the end of the CD and in that time I got my phone out and planned my 60 second introduction, which we all are invited to do at the meeting.
Normally for my 60 seconds I talk about my jewellery mentioning my sbs win and Theo Paphitis and I also talk about Gallery at 12 - it sometimes takes a little bit longer than 60 seconds to get through everything, so when it came to my turn this morning  I could feel the network leaders concern when I got out my phone and explained I wanted to do something different today! 

And here is what I read out! 

'Hi my name is Angela Smith and I am a jewellery designer/maker with a passion for "fashion" and like "fashion" my jewellery often "changes" - whether you are "dancing in the street", looking for "fame", a "rebel rebel", "china girl" or a "starman" i can make jewellery to suit your needs - never feeling "under pressure"
I also run workshops which are suitable for "absolute beginners" as well as "young Americans" '

David Bowie - a music Hero but not Just for a day - Forever


Friday, 8 January 2016

Jewellery making workshops planned for 2016

I now have a few workshops planned for 2016 at Lily's Secret Vintage Tea Room, Swan Pit, nr Gnosall, Stafford, as listed below
Saturday 27th February
10.30 am - 12.30 pm Basic Jewellery Making 
£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee
You will receive instruction from myself on various bead jewellery making techniques - then you will be able to choose from a large selection of beads to make your own jewellery including  simple, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If you are a beginner hopefully by the end of the morning you will have confidence to make many more items in your own time and tackle simple jewellery restringings and repairs too! If you have already attended one or more of my basic jewellery making sessions before then you are might like to take your jewellery making to the next level, maybe making a multi-stranded necklace for example. You will also have the opportunity to purchase extra beads, findings and tools  
1.30 pm - 3.30 pm 'bead and chain lattice bracelet'
£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee 


Receive instruction before making your own unique four stranded bracelet using beads with chain to form a lattice pattern between the beads.  - there will be a choice of colours for your bracelet  but to avoid disappointment please let me know if you have a colour preference when booking
To book the full day the cost will be £49 to include all your materials and hot drinks plus soup and sandwiches 
Saturday 2nd April
10.30 am - 12.30 pm Basic Jewellery Making 
£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee
You will receive instruction from myself on various bead jewellery making techniques - then you will be able to choose from a large selection of beads to make your own jewellery including  simple, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If you are a beginner hopefully by the end of the morning you will have confidence to make many more items in your own time and tackle simple jewellery restringings and repairs too! If you have already attended one or more of my basic jewellery making sessions before then you are might like to take your jewellery making to the next level, maybe making a multi-stranded necklace for example. You will also have the opportunity to purchase extra beads, findings and tools   

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm cottage garden bracelet (plus earrings if there is time!)



£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee
Receive instruction before making your own pretty beaded bracelet using glass pearls and silver plate flower beads - this bracelet will be an ideal practise piece for making secure wrapped loops - a skill which you can then use to make other items of jewellery such as earrings and hanging drops.
To book the full day the cost will be £49 to include all your materials and hot drinks plus soup and sandwiches 
Saturday 7th May
10.30 am - 12.30 pm Basic Jewellery Making
£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee
You will receive instruction from myself on various bead jewellery making techniques - then you will be able to choose from a large selection of beads to make your own jewellery including  simple, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If you are a beginner hopefully by the end of the morning you will have confidence to make many more items in your own time and tackle simple jewellery  restringings and repairs too! If you have already attended one or more of my basic jewellery making sessions before then you are might like to take your jewellery making to the next level, maybe making a multi-stranded necklace for example. You will also have the opportunity to purchase extra beads, findings and tools   

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm - project T.B.C.
£26
I am still working on the project for the afternoon session but you can be sure it will be fabulous!!!!  - If there is anything you really want to learn how to make please let me know - I might be able to base the project on your request!
To book the full day the cost will be £49 to include all your materials and hot drinks plus soup and sandwiches 
Sunday 27th June
10.30 am - 12.30 pm Basic Jewellery Making 
£26 includes all the materials plus tea/coffee
You will receive instruction from myself on various bead jewellery making techniques - then you will be able to choose from a large selection of beads to make your own jewellery including  simple, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If you are a beginner hopefully by the end of the morning you will have confidence to make many more items in your own time and tackle simple jewellery restringings and repairs too! If you have already attended one or more of my basic jewellery making sessions before then you are might like to take your jewellery making to the next level, maybe making a multi-stranded necklace for example. You will also have the opportunity to purchase extra beads, findings and tools   

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm project T.B.C.
£26
I am still working on the project for the afternoon session but you can be sure it will be fabulous!!!!  - If there is anything you really want to learn how to make please let me know - I might be able to base the project on your request! 
To book the full day the cost will be £49 to include all your materials and hot drinks plus soup and sandwiches 
If you would like any further information about these workshops or would like to book a place on any of these please contact me a.s.a.p.
places are limited -  After several no shows last year I will now require a non-refundable deposit of £15 for the half days and £30 for the full day

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

'Midnight'

As we are approaching the party season I have been knitting again this week - this time with party outfits in mind -
knitted on black enameled wire with glass beads 

'Midnight'


handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Monday, 16 November 2015

seasonal red jewellery

What colours will you be wearing next month? Red always seems to be a firm favourite and with that in mind I decided I needed to increase my stock of red jewellery for the Christmas fairs coming up in the next few weeks - (my next one being tomorrow evening)
So these four sets will be out on display, providing there is space, along with many other items -

red hand cut faceted glass beads with clear glass faceted beads

Red  'coral' Swarovski pearls with tiny glass beads

red 'coral ' Swarovski pearls along with large navy glass beads

dark red Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls
If you are local to Stafford please look out for the fairs I am attending and if you have time pop in and take a look at all my jewellery - you will find a list of events on the right hand coloumn of this blog.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Monday, 24 August 2015

Mauve Swarovski jewellery

Today I have been working with these mauve Swarovski pearls and purple Swarovski crystals to make a one off 16 inch necklace with matching earrings.  I can re make the necklace to a longer length if requires or I could make a bracelet to match. This set would be fabulous for smart day wear and would complete a mauve 'Mother of the Bride' outfit beautifully.







please contact me for further information

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

'Priscilla' comes in any colour

My range 'Priscilla' is now complete.
I can make any of the items in this range using the colour of your choice.
Today I would like to share with you 'Priscilla' necklace and earrings. Made using Swarovski pearls and Swarovski crystals, the necklace has been made on a 16 inch  chain - I can make this any length, and the earrings are hanging from sterling silver ear hooks.
'Priscilla - crystal' necklace


'Priscilla - scarlet' necklace




'Priscilla -crystal' earrings



'Priscilla - scarlet' earrings
'Priscilla'






For further information please contact me

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 


Friday, 14 August 2015

'Ella' an alternative range

My last two posts have introduced the necklace and earrings for two of my limited ranges 'Jessica' and 'Bethany'. As both of these ranges have the same Swarovski pearls and crystals in their designs I decided to make an alternative range with earrings and a necklace that would go with either 'Jessica' or 'Bethany' bracelet - this range is very elegant in its simplicity just a single Swarovski pearl and Swarovski crystal drop, the earrings are on sterling silver ear hooks and the necklace is on a 16 inch  chain - I can make the chain to any length required.
Introducing 'Ella' ....





handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Thursday, 13 August 2015

'Bethany' necklace and earrings

My 'Bethany' range is now complete - I introduced you to 'Bethany' bracelet a few days ago



Now I have a pair of earrings and a necklace to add to this limited range.

The earring are made with Swarovski pearls, Swarovski crystals and diamante beads and hang from sterling silver ear hooks.


The necklace is a drop made with Swarovski pearls, Swarovski crystals and a diamante bead, on a 16 inch chain, the clasp is attached to the chain with a Swarovski crystal link.




This necklace can be made to any length

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

'Jessica' continuing the range

A few days ago I introduced you to 'Jessica' the bracelet


Today I am going to introduce you to 'Jessica' earrings and necklace
The earrings comprise of Swarovski pearls and Swarovski crystals and hang from sterling silver ear hooks.


The necklace is on a 16 inch  chain and comprises of the same Swarovski pearls and Swarovski crystals used to make the bracelet and earrings -




I can make the necklace any length required or add an extension chain if needed

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Monday, 10 August 2015

Another new addition to my limited ranges - 'Priscilla''

Today I would like to introduce you to the third new range in my wedding jewellery collection. This bracelet is in the 'Priscilla' range. 'Priscilla' can be made in a number of colours and also has necklaces and earrings which will be on a separate post.
First of all this is 'Priscilla - crystal' made with Swarovski pearls and  clear Swarovski crystals.




..and here is 'Priscilla- scarlet'
made with Swarovski pearls and deep red Swarovski crystals




handmade jewellery by Angela Smith